The weight of a bullet is an important aspect to know about but believe it or not there are more shooters out there who just overlook the bullet weight than in comparison to those who actually stop to take a look and make sure they get exactly what they need. The weight of a bullet is also known as the grain of a bullet and it is measured by the mass of the grains on the inside. For instance it takes just about seven thousands grains to equal out the same as one pound. Based on the type of bullet that you use it can be as little as fifteen grains to as much as seven hundred and fifty grains. The lightest bullet out there on the market right now is the 17 HMR bullets and the heaviest bullet that is on the market right now is the .50 BMG rifle load.
Grains of a bullet is abbreviated with a GR after the number on the box of ammo, next time take a closer look. With that being said when it comes to the weight of a bullet it doesn’t matter that much as long as you are using the right caliber for your gun. However the importance of always using the right grained bullets comes in when you want to be sure that you always get the best and the most out of your gun. People who are not as experienced with shooting this aspect will not matter to them because they will mostly just be using the gun for fun such as plinking but those who are more experienced and tend to use guns all of the time will say that the bullet weight is very important because it effects the accuracy, the amount of recoil, ballistics and more.
Know about all of your choices:
Under each caliber of bullets there are the basic weights that meet the needs of consumers but there will also always be a few loads that are very specific for other applications that are not so common. An example of this is for the loads of a 9mm gun, there are the basics of:
- 115 grain
- 124 grain
- 147 grain
Then there are the other loads that are considered to be the oddballs:
- 95 grain
- 110 grain
Properly selecting the correct bullet and bullet weight:
Choosing the right bullet and the weight of the bullet comes down to what you are going to be doing with them for starters and then breaks down to a few other aspects and or features. A basic breakdown of all of this is mentioned below:
- Plinking – This is the most casual use of a gun so a bullet that is cheap and works well with your gun is the best one you can use.
- Getting the best Accuracy – This all depends on the gun you are using and the length of the barrel as well as what the twist rate is and so much more. Just keep in mind if the bullet is too heavy than its velocity will be effected.
- Hunting and Self-Defense – This varies the most because the targets are living; with this it is more about the characteristics of penetration and expansion than the bullet weight, the caliber or the velocity.
- Suppressed and or subsonic – You want to use subsonic bullets when it comes to a gun that is suppressed because the rounds are able to travel a lot slower than what the speed of sound is so when it is fired there is very little noise made.
Recoil and the bullet weight – This one is tricky; science says the basic opposite of what bullets really do; according to physics the heavier the bullet is the more the impulse of the recoil will be lowered but in reality the lighter the bullet is the more velocity that it has.